Citizens, pakora is a fried snack (fritter) that is originally from India, but is now found across South Asia especially in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Pakoras are created by combining one or two ingredients, such as onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, plantain, paneer, cauliflower, tomato, or chili pepper, fish, or chicken. In the Bengal region of India and Bangladesh, shrimp pakora are extremely popular amongst the 250 million people living there!
Bengal is a divided region compromising Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal. Its present-day boundaries were formed during the Partition of British India in 1947, when Hindu-majority West Bengal became a part of India, while Muslim-majority East Bengal became a part of Pakistan and later emerged as the independent country of Bangladesh in 1971.
There is a terrible hostage drama playing out in Bangladesh as I write this, so I hope you will all join me in offering your thoughts, prayers and best wishes for a safe outcome for all the people being held against their will by terrorists who represent the lowest form of cowards on this planet we call home.
This is my version of pakora, well-spiced and delicious fried in corn oil flavored with mustard oil for the special Bengali flavor! I leave the ajwain seeds whole to allow a textural element in the final product.
Battle on – The Generalissimo